Intestinal microbiota, evolution of the immune system and the bad reputation of pro-inflammatory immunity.

@article{Ohnmacht2011IntestinalME,
  title={Intestinal microbiota, evolution of the immune system and the bad reputation of pro-inflammatory immunity.},
  author={Caspar Ohnmacht and Rute Marques and Laura L. Presley and Shinichiro Sawa and Matthias Lochner and G{\'e}rard Eberl},
  journal={Cellular microbiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={13 5},
  pages={653-9}
}
The mammalian intestine provides a unique niche for a large community of bacterial symbionts that complements the host in digestive and anabolic pathways, as well as in protection from pathogens. Only a few bacterial phyla have adapted to this predominantly anaerobic environment, but hundreds of different species create an ecosystem that affects many facets of the host's physiology. Recent data show how particular symbionts are involved in the maturation of the immune system, in the intestine… CONTINUE READING
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